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Recipe – Wasabi pikelets and salmon with lime and cucumber salsa

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These light and fluffy pikelets have added zing with a dollop of wasabi. Use the lime flesh to make the zesty salsa, perfect at cutting through the rich salmon.

Makes 26-30

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp coriander, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup full cream milk
  • 2 tsp wasabi paste
  • Oil for frying


  • 2 medium limes, peeled, flesh diced
  • ¼ cucumber, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • 1 tsp capers, finely chopped, plus whole berries to serve
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g hot smoked salmon

1 Sift the flour, baking powder, soda and salt into a medium bowl. Stir in the coriander, then whisk in the combined egg, milk and wasabi paste.

2 Heat a small amount of oil in a nonstick pan. Add small spoonfuls of the pikelet mixture and cook on both sides until golden and puffed. Drain on paper towels.

3 Combine salsa ingredients and season to taste. Top each pikelet with salsa and flakes of smoked salmon. Serve with a pinch of salt and caper berries.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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